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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaymonJ11, Feb 28, 2011.
Keep us updated on the BT7 install if/when you do it.
How much difference in tone is there between the ceramic pickup in my Ray4 and the Alnico in the Ray34? Is it worth it to add a Ray34 with an Alnico pickup and a 3 band EQ or should I just go straight for a Ray34 HH model with the 5 way switch if I really want a different tone?
I have a Ray34CA in Vintage Cream with a rosewood fretboard. Would anyone be interested in trading their maple Ray34CA neck for my rosewood? It's in perfect shape, straight and adjustable, the frets have been leveled and dressed, the nut has been changed for tusq because the original one was cut too low. There is nothing wrong with it, I just like the vintage look of the maple.
Man, I thought I posted this the first time I saw your post. While there's a difference in tone, there's also a difference in build quality so the Ray34 is a great upgrade. But, if you're otherwise happy with your Ray4, I'd say get a Nordstrand pup and pre-amp and stick that in. Still cheaper and if it's still not the sound you're looking for, then I think you'll need play a bunch of different Stingray type basses to find your favorite tone.
LkS,I have a Ray34CA maple neck,as you can see in my avatar. I think there might be some extra fees,on shipping rosewood fret board basses/necks? Especially overseas shipping.
I have a question regarding the body wood of my black Ray34. in recent catalogues, the body for the black Rays is listed as mahogany. mine is from 2012, is that mahogany too? or ash?
From what I’ve gathered, the older ones are ash. I think somewhere around 2015-2016 is when they switched to basswood for colors other than natural.
ah, great.thank you for the quick reply.
does the difference in material (basswood/ash) have much impact on the sound at all?
I personally think basswood is a lot warmer. I have one basswood bass. My ash, alder, and mahogany basses have a lot of other variables to distinguish their sound. It’s hard to say for sure though because I don’t have two identical basses where the only difference is body wood. Also, I messed up, in 2015 or 2016, they changed to mahogany, not basswood. Only the SB14 came in basswood if my memory of the different year catalogues serves me correctly.
In 2015 only the SUB series Ray4/5 was basswood, the rest of the basses were ash (hard ash not swamp ash). 2016 is when mahogany came into use on the 34/35QM models, and of course later on the 34/35KOA model. I think until the recent revamp for 2019 those were the only mahogany models. And yes, the SB14 was basswood.
I believe the solid color Ray34/35s went to mahogany when they introduced it as well. I know they show mahogany for the body wood on the black 34 right now on their site. That’s where my confusion from a few pages back stemmed.
We will want some real pictures next week. No backsies.
I can really confuse you if anyone wants the scoop on the woods, and what each factory used...
Pulled the trigger last night on the StingRay5 Poplar Burl Trans top.
(The one on the right)
Can't wait for it to arrive.
Got my Ray34 back yesterday from the local luthier I use. The setup feels spot on so far and his fretwork is top notch. I can’t wait to get to playing this thing again.
For reference, I know we’ve mentioned it before recently, but I for sure verified that the Hipshot BT-7 and HB-7 are a direct fit. From what I understand, it’s all been speculation on what fits. I’ll probably be ordering a set for mine now that I know it fits.
My stock tuners on the 5 string Ray (5) are too "touchy" and a little turn changes the pitch a lot . Is that why most people want an upgrade ?
Could be. The original Schaller fitted to EBMM StingRay are 20:1. The SBMM are 22:1 and the Hipshot HB7 are 27:1, as are the HB1 Schaller replacements. I used HB1 on my Ray34 as a wanted the tapered posts and the aethetic of the short key.
I don’t believe the HB1 is a direct replacement though, correct?
Also, I use the HB7/BT7 on my Mexican Fender Jazz. They are really nice tuners.